Posts Tagged ‘skype’


Top 10 WiFi Options When Traveling to London on Business

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

 

As a Small Business Owner, I’m always looking for ways to save money when traveling overseas.  We’re planning a business trip to London England from San Francisco.  I’m only traveling with an iPhone,  iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard / case for this trip.  The laptop stays on my desk in the office.

I set up a basic (but expensive) international data plan with my main AT&T account as a backup wireless resource.  However, I want to use WiFi services as much as possible to save money.  I need WiFi for Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) phone Calls, sending / receiving Text Messages,  Managing Social Networking,  checking eMails and working on Web Applications.

We just completed extensive  research on the lowest cost and best options for WiFi services in London, UK and Ireland.  The bottom line is that it’s a confusing mess of choices…and there are lots of options for using WiFi.  To begin, I always check with my hotel before  leaving on a trip, as well as plan for other WiFi services.

The following is a summary of the other best WiFi options I could find:

WiFi Zone Sign - Credit: Salvatore Vuono @ freedigitalphotosnet

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How to Hold a Virtual Party at Your Office or Home

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

For those people who can’t be at your Party (especially your overseas friends and family),  set up a FREE Video Web Conference using Skype — that way they can participate live during the event.

Here is how we we use Skype for our parties.

First, you need two Skype accounts.   It only takes a few minutes to set up the service  if you do not have it. With Skype,  you can make FREE voice and video calls over the Internet (Click to set up a Skype Account) You also need unlimited internet connections at both locations to place the Skype Calls (most people have this service these days).

Before the party starts, we set up the webcams and laptops in the locations that you want to connect.

Make sure the Webcam is plugged into your computer, you’ve installed the webcam software that came with it,  and that it’s switched on.

Dial each other using Skype and turn on the video. Since the calls are completely free, we just leave the video conference up during the whole party.

Then people can wander over to the camera during the party and talk with each other, make bets on the game,  and taunt the other fans that are located in each party.

Have fun and may the best team win!

More Skype Info or Order a New High Quality Video Webcam before the party

How to Cut Your Mobile Phone International Calling Expenses in 2010

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Everyone is looking for ways to cut costs in 2010 – including us.

We are using a NEW mobile service called “Skype to Go” that is very easy-to-use and has been saving us a lot of money each month. The service lets you make international calls from any mobile phone at dramatically reduced prices, compared to typical phone company rates. You do NOT need your PC or Mac to make these calls.

We call London (UK) on a regular basis using an Apple iPhone or a Google Android MyTouch mobile phone. Our carrier, AT&T Wireless, offered us an international discount plan that reduced our mobile phone costs from $1.25 to 99 cents per minute when calling London. That sounded good before we tested the new “Skype to Go” Service.

A few months ago, we switched to using a “Skype to Go” number which dramatically cut our costs to about 2.4 cents per minute.. a 96-cent per minute savings. We talk about 8 hours per month on international calls and now save approximately $460 per month. Wow!

The “Skype to Go” number is very easy-to-use and set up.

8 Easy Steps to Set Up the “Skype to Go” Service

  1. Go to the Skype Website
  2. Select either the Pay-as-You-Go or Monthly Payment Plans to set up your account. There are NO long-term contracts to sign.
  3. Important: Once Your Account is established, Look for the “Skype to Go” Set-up Button and Press it.
  4. Select a “Skype to Go” Number. The number is your “Skype to Go” local phone number. Write it down.
  5. Enter the Mobile Phone Number(s) you plan to use to call overseas.
  6. Enter up to 10 phone numbers that you commonly call overseas in the Auto-Dial Fields.  Note: You can also directly dial any international number from your mobile phone when you are out and about.
  7. Key in your “Skype to Go” number into your mobile phone Contact List to make life easier when you dial international calls.
  8. You will get an email confirmation for your new account and your new Skype to Go Number..

3 Easy Steps to Use “Skype to Go”

  1. Go to the “Skype to Go” Number in your mobile phone and Dial It
  2. After the recording, either Select a Pre-Set Phone Number or key in the International phone number you are calling
  3. That’s it!

So… is There Anything else You Should Know?

The phone service has been wonderful, sound quality has been very good. However, we have heard from others that the Skype customer service could be improved. The good news is that there is NO contract! If you don’t like Skype, and the money you are saving,  just cancel the service.

My other comment is, if you don’t like new technology, and saving money is no big deal, then skip this service… but then again, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article… would you?

If you want to instantly cut your monthly international calling costs, get a “Skype to Go” Number for your small business or personal use.

For More info click on this link and Search on: “Skype to Go”